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The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 - gets tough

A landlord has been sent to prison in the first custodial sentence to be given in London under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which was implemented on 1st October 2006. It transfers responsibility for fire safety order from the fire authorities to whoever has day-to-day control of the premises. In essence, this person must be responsible for fire safety and arrange for a documented “risk assessment” to be carried out.

The man in question was sentenced to four months imprisonment and his property company was fined £21,000 following conviction for serious breaches of the order (RRO). For further details please visit the Means of Escape article.

Councillor Brian Coleman AM FRSA, Chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority which runs the London Fire Brigade, said “This fire resulted in a man dying and highlights why landlords and businesses must take their responsibilities under the regulatory reform order seriously. The London Fire Brigade works hard to bring irresponsible companies and individuals to court, which can as this case has shown result in a custodial sentence."

One of the charges against the landlord was that the intumescent strip and cold smoke seal were missing from one of the doors, and that this would compromise the safe egress of the building’s occupants in the case of a fire. Fire and smoke seals for door assemblies play a vital role in preventing the passage of fire, hot smoke, and also lethal cold smoke through a building. This not only means that occupants can leave the building safely in the case of a fire, but also that the that risk of smoke and fire spreading to other parts of the building is reduced.

Lorient has produced a guidance leaflet that provides an overview of the RR(FS)O; and presents common sense solutions for acoustic, smoke and fire containment for door assemblies. A further leaflet provides a practical interpretation of the requirements, in the specialist field of fire door assemblies. It sets out to help with the assessment of existing doors and gives appropriate guidance on their up-grading, should they fall short in critical areas.